The Physics of Sports. Fermilab. Tevatron, 4 miles around. Main Injector, 2 miles around. Physics explains things that are very, very large. Physics explains things that are very, very small. Physics explains things that are right in front of us. Newton’s First Law.
4 miles around
2 miles around
UNTIL YOU APPLY A FORCE
F = ma
What forces are important in sports?
Courtesy of A. Nathan, University of Illinois. http://www.npl.uiuc.edu/~a-nathan/pob/
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Heat and Sound Energy
If m1 = m2, then v1 = v2
Conservation of Momentum
The Power of Spin
Reaction Time in Baseball
Courtesy of R. Adair through A. Nathan.
Equation used: t = √((2d)/g)
These laws help us explain everything
Physics really is everywhere!